TAPPICon 2021

April 25 - 28, 2021 | Cobb Galleria Centre | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Congratulations to TAPPI's 
2020 Paper and Board Division Award Winners



Paper and Board Division

Division Leadership and Service Award and Oscar May Prize

Greg Wedel

Greg Wedel

Kadant Johnson


A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Wedel began his career as a research engineer with Beloit Corporation. In 2000, he joined Kadant Johnson and has served in his current role as president since 2006. Wedel has been an avid inventor of novel technologies, particularly in paper drying methods, systems, and equipment, and holds 60 US patents. He is an active member and TAPPI Fellow.

Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize

Pekka Kormano

Pekka Kormano

International Paper


A TAPPI Fellow and frequent TAPPI conference presenter, Kormano spent 17 years with Valmet as an application engineer, project engineer, and product manager. In 2004, he helped start up Deublin Steam Systems and was a senior engineer for them for 13 years;  He is currently an Engineering Fellow for International Paper. Kormano is known for his deep understanding of papermaking steam and hood systems, exemplary leadership, and his knowledge-sharing.

Best Papermaking Technology Paper and Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize

David Burton

David Burton



Burton is part of the Customer Operational Excellence Team at AstenJohnson.  Prior to that he was in Customer OPEX at JohnsonFoils.

Burton holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Paper Technology from Miami University.  He has is certified Lean Sigma Black Belt.


Outgoing Division Chair

Darren Swales

Darren Swales

2018-2020 Paper and Board Division Chair

Swales is the Director of Business Development and Applications Development for Kemira, Pulp & Paper, Americas.  He has worked in the industry for 32 years. Swales graduated from Loughborough University, UK with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry and Analytical Science, and Ph.D.  He started as a research scientist for Roe Lee Paper Chemicals (UK) in 1991, after their acquisition by Raisio Chemicals, he moved to the USA in 1996 as their technical manager.  He has been with Kemira since 2001 in various technical and applications roles, and began his current role in 2012.

Swales has been an active member and volunteer for TAPPI for over 20 years.  Having served on the Additives committee, Parecon Technical and Steering committee and most recently as the Chair of the Paper & Board Division. He has been faculty on several TAPP short courses, and continues to be a member of the annual Wet End Chemistry course.  Swales became a TAPPI Fellow in 2016.